Virtual Event - Managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

There is a growing awareness and concern of a looming mental health crisis in the workplace:

  • Reduced mental health is now the primary cause of lost working days
  • 40% of New Zealand workers have felt burnout in the last 3 years
  • 1 in 5 workers are experiencing a mental health problem

If you've tried Massage Mondays; Yoga on Wednesdays; Fruit on Fridays; Resilience training and EAP support.....what more can you be doing to protect the mental health and wellbeing of your employees?  Where do you start?  And what does good management of mental health and wellbeing look like?

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) in conjunction with WorkSafe New Zealand, Duncan Cotterill, The Institute of Organisational Psychology (IOP) and the NZ Occupational Health Nurses Association (NZOHNA) are pleased to invite you to an interactive panel discussion on how organisations can best manage mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, so workers thrive, and organisations prosper.

Our panel of experts includes a lawyer, regulator, occupational psychologist, and occupational health nurse, who will be able to reference their real life examples to identify tips and areas of risk in your workplace.  Experts from Duncan Cotterill, WorkSafe New Zealand, the Institute of Organisational Psychology, and the New Zealand Health Nurses Association will cover:

  • Your legal obligations to manage risk to workers' mental health and wellbeing
  • How Employment, Human Rights, Privacy and Health and Safety legislation overlap when managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Best practice and guidance for managing work related psychological risks
  • Practical steps to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • What good systems look like for managing mental health and wellbeing
  • The role of occupational health nurses in improving mental health and wellbeing.

This free seminar was proudly bought to you by the generosity and sponsorship of:

Introducing our speakers:

The lawyer:

Olivia Lund

Partner, Duncan Cotterill

Olivia is regularly instructed on complex workplace incidents involving fatalities and serious harm across the country in range of industries. She has assisted at least 75 PCBU’s in WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions. She enjoys working with a range of health and safety professionals and experts to ensure clients are provided with effective advice that is fit for purpose. Olivia is recognised as a 'Next Generation Partner' by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 legal directory for her work in health and safety and employment, with clients describing her as "clear, approachable and practical". She was recognised as a rising star by NZ Lawyer in 2021.

The regulator:

John Fitzgerald, PhD

Lead – Mentally Healthy Work, Registered (Clinical) Psychologist, WorkSafe New Zealand

John leads the Mentally Healthy Work team at WorkSafe. His role is to provide national evidence-based leadership and advice on mentally healthy work programs, innovations, assessment, and intervention. He is a Registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked in adult mental health; alcohol/drug services; and child & family psychological health. John holds an Adjunct Senior Lectureship in Clinical Psychology at Massey University (Wellington) and is a Fellow of the NZ Psychological Society.

The Occupational Psychologist

John Eatwell

MA, Chartered Organisational Psychologist , Chair of Institute of Organisational Psychology

John has been an Occupational Psychologist for nearly 30 years, working inside organisations as an HR Manager and consulting to organisations through Deloitte, SHL and Strategic People Group. He is passionate about NZ Inc and helping organisations succeed and at the same time creating environments where individuals thrive. John is currently Chair of the Institute of Organisational Psychology, and on the Board of Keep New Zealand Beautiful and the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand and lives in Christchurch.

The occupational health nurse

Judy Currie

Judy has worked as an Occupational Health Nurse for 25 years in businesses both large and small dealing with a range of health issues including mental health. She currently works for the University of Otago as their Occupational Health and Wellbeing Coordinator and is also the National President for NZOHNA.